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  • Matt 1:32 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink
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    Playoff Fantasy Football Options 

    I’ve never been a huge fan of playoff fantasy football. If real fantasy football is chess, playoff fantasy football is checkers. Or Candyland.

    Nevertheless, sometimes you just aren’t ready to let the fantasy football season die. If that’s you, there are a few sites where you can get your fix. If I’m going to spend any time at all on one of these, there’d better be a decent payoff that I can pretend I might win, so I’ve listed the prizes for each here. (More …)

    • e-roc 2:56 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @matt – I could use some Geek-insight at WR this week… Please help me pick three from the following:

      a) D. Aromashodu (@DET)
      b) D. Bowe (@DEN)
      c) H. Nicks (@MIN)
      d) J. Gaffney (v. KC)

      I just don’t want to end up picking a dud….

      • Matt 1:17 am on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Will do tomorrow man – sorry but I’m managing two PokerStars tourneys at the same time… 😉 remind me tmrw if I forget.

        • e-roc 8:28 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Welp. The CORRECT answers were (a), (d) and (e) – Other. Fortunately I did start (a) and (d). Patrick Crayton would have been the Other money pick. Not Nicks…

          Also, I was THIS CLOSE from starting McGahee over MJD…..

          At any rate, thank you Geeks for another good season. I retained #2 in the points race (should have finished #2 in the playoffs as well), which pockets me $200…

        • Matt 9:26 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry man, my memory’s about as useful as a hairbrush to Ving Rhames…

    • rob[from kc] 3:31 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would go with everyone but Bowe. He seems to suffer from the drops just as bad as the other kc grief receivers.

      • e-roc 8:00 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. He actually had a decent game last week against a solid Cincy DEF….

        • rob[from kc] 10:56 am on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          yes This is true but it is amazing what no practice can do for the chief’s receivers. We fans here in kc learned many years ago to never allow a chief to be in the position of making you or breaking you. You have been warned. lol good luck

      • e-roc 8:31 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Didn’t go with Bowe, but it looks like I should have picked up the KC defense!

  • Brandon 8:54 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink

    Week 12 Defenses to Consider 

    Here’s a quick list of teams that are playing some of the lesser offenses in the league this week and who could be available in your league in case you were looking for a plug-in (with the percent owned in parenthesis):

    • Philadelphia (99%) vs Washington
    • Cincinnati (94%) vs Cleveland
    • Green Bay (93%) @ Detroit
    • Dallas (89%) vs Oakland
    • San Diego (78%) vs Kansas City
    • Miami (60%) @ Buffalo
    • Atlanta (39%) vs Tampa Bay
    • Seattle (26%) @ St. Louis
    • Squish 10:38 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I gotta go with Baltimore at Pittsburgh too. Pittsburgh has given up the most points in the league per game to opposing defenses by miles. The order of best teams to start a defense against goes like this:

      1. PIT (far and away the most productive team to play a defense against with teams playing against them averaging OVER DOUBLE their season average in defensive FP production)
      2. NYJ
      3. WAS
      4. DEN
      5. CLE/BUF (tie)

      And the worst teams to date to start a defense against are:

      1. TEN
      2. SD
      3. IND
      4. CIN
      5. BAL

      Interesting to note that team defenses are actually scoring below their season average against KC and OAK who most have pegged as a great teams to play a defense against. The season stats to date show otherwise. So definitely lower your expectations for Dallas and SD defenses this week, especially Dallas since they couldn’t force a turnover if it was given to them wrapped as a Christmas gift (at 12TOs forced this year they are tied for dead last with WAS)

      On the other hand, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect good/above average performances out of the defenses of BAL, CAR, and NYG this week as they face the teams giving up the top 5 most fantasy points to opposing defenses (1st, 2nd, and 4th most respectively).

      Info found at FFToday via their SoS tool

      • e-roc 11:38 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Squish – I think you just answered me question about whether to start CIN or SD this weekend! Hopefully the Bungals get back on track against the Brownies.

        • e-roc 11:38 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          “my question” not “me question”..


        • Squish 2:23 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Glad to be of help! They really need to add the ability to edit comments on the blog…

        • Brandon 4:23 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Do I sense a *hint hint* comment here? 🙂 I’ll run it by Matt the Web Developer Extraordinaire and see what he thinks.

        • Matt 10:13 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          This is one limitation of the P2 theme I based our design on. The P2 theme is what enables us to have all these “live” front-page comments and other features that go above and beyond a normal blog, but it also interferes with a number of WordPress plugins that would normally let us do things like let users edit their own comments.

          There’s good news, though – looks like WordPress just released a new version of P2 which fixes a lot of the issues with this one. I’ll probably have to wait until the offseason to upgrade, though, since I so heavily customized this one and will need to do it all over again after the upgrade. I wouldn’t want to make major modifications during the season, since this isn’t really the time to be exposing users to bugs and any other problems that might emerge.

        • Squish 9:00 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          No rush, I’m so used to sounding like a babbling idiot because I don’t proofread my posts that it really doesn’t make too much difference.

          I’ll look forward to trying out the new fixes next season 😉

          BTW, you guys are FF only right? I’m just curious because I need to figure out what to do in the offseason still and I honestly decided I couldn’t last through another entire fantasy golf season if I tried. I guess fantasy Adirondack is an option again…

        • Matt 9:16 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, at this point we’re just FF, and I doubt that’ll change much… I can’t speak for Brandon but I know my sports knowledge is really NFL-heavy. I don’t even really like watching baseball or basketball to be honest, so I wouldn’t really be a great source of fantasy insight for either sport.

    • Kenny Powers 1:23 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, guys! Need some early FF advice! I need 2 WR, 2RB, 1TE, and a flex, please:

      Miles Austin, Smith (Car), Chambers, Maclin
      MJD, McCoy, KSmith, Snelling, Cartwright
      Finley, Keller

      You guys kick ass!

      • sal 3:00 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        austin, mighty mouse – mjd snelling and mccoy – k2

      • Brandon 4:30 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Right now I’m leaning towards most of the same guys Sal mentions: Miles Austin, Steve Smith, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jason Snelling, and LeSean McCoy. However, I’m liking Jermichael Finley against the Lions, who have given up a lot of touchdowns to tight ends this year.

    • ffgeekblogROCKS / Johnson&Johnsons 1:35 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to http://www.ffgeekblog.com, I have clinched a playoff spot in my yahoo league!!! Alas, since Megatron is probably out this week and I got Ronnie Brown-outted last week, I’m still in dire need of expert opinions! I need 2RBs, 2WRs, 1Flex:

      – Andre Johnson, Nate Burleson, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson
      – Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Ahmad Bradshaw, Mike Bell, Bernard Scott, Shonn Greene

      Also, is old-man Warner okay or should I steal Leinart from the waiver pool?

      Thank you so much for all your help throughout the season!

      • Brandon 4:38 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At receiver, go with Andre Johnson (obviously) and Nate Burleson. At running back and flex, go with Chris Johnson (obviously) and Bernard Scott (as long as he gets the start.) At the flex spot, I’d take the gamble on Jamaal Charles.

        As for Kurt Warner, they’re awaiting the results of some neurological tests before making a decision, so you should do the same. Who is your backup QB? He’s gotta be better than Leinart. Otherwise though, feel free to grab him at the expense of Shonn Greene just in case.

      • Brandon 4:39 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        By the way, congrats on clinching the playoffs already! Glad we could help.

    • sal 2:58 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi all – i need some early advice as well – non-ppr, pick 2 out of vjax, jennings, austin

      • Brandon 4:31 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Vincent Jackson and Greg Jennings…both with killer match-ups.

    • TJ 3:47 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys – some early advice if you can, got to travel this week (Non-ppr).

      Need 2 each from:
      – Welker, Ochocinco, Sims-Walker, Smith-NYG, Austin
      – SJax, Forsett, Wells, Charles, Cartwright

      D/ST: Hanging on to CIN for now, BAL, GB, DAL, ATL, SEA available, CIN should be ok vs CLE, but after the Oak game & CLeveland lighting them up earlier this year, now I’m not so sure.

      And, the eternal TE debate: your advice on Shiancoe this SUnday was perfect, thanks!. Going forward, I’m tempted to pick up Boss (or possibly Finley), but right now Witten looks like a better drop than VS. If you happen to see the article on Lester’s Legend’s about productivity from the 3 “top” TEs, Witten’s trends compared to the other 2 (I think it was Gonzo & Gates) were disturbing, particularly the one about him being used for blocking in 46 pass plays vs under 10 for the other 2 guys – if Dallas’ O-line needs that much help, he may not be counted on for receiving much going forward. Any thoughts?

      Thanks again!!

      • Brandon 4:54 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey TJ, as usual, your receiver question is tough because you have so many good ones. This week though, I’d go with Wes Welker and Mike Sims-Walker. At running back, Steven Jackson and Justin Forsett (if he gets the start again…otherwise Rock Cartwright.) At defense, I like Green Bay against the Lions on Thanksgiving, especially with Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson likely sitting the game out. Finally, for your tight end, it’s going to be tough to make a call/guess each week on who will do the best. Shiancoe is a solid option because Favre loves him in the redzone. I like Jermichael Finley this week against the Lions, especially after hearing news that the team has been (and will continue) lining him up in the slot as well to catch more passes. At this point in the season, Witten has become a five catch/50 yard guy with very little red zone targets. I doubt Boss will have any more two touchdown games this year and with all the options in the Giants passing game, he could be a bit inconsistent. Does this help at all?

        • TJ 12:45 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, Brandon, you are always a help. Unfortunately, due to holiday travel & distractions, I was about 60 seconds too late to pick up Finley for the game, so I hope Shiancoe comes through for me again. Looks like Forsett will not be the starter this week, but Jones isn’t 100%….. still move to Cartwright, you think, or even Charles?

          MSW is suddenly “questionable” for Sunday….what’s your take?

        • Brandon 8:41 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Don’t worry about Sims-Walker, he’ll play. As for the running back, Charles has a really good match-up and is worth a start if Julius Jones ends up playing. Good luck dude!

    • c30 4:12 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i trade peyton manning for tom brady? 10 team league, not ppr. my WRs are reggie wayne, wes welker, vincent jackson…

      • Brandon 4:34 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe it’s because I’m a Patriots fan, but I’d say go for Brady. As a bonus, the Pats could have more to play for down the stretch, while the Colts could clinch pretty early and start resting guys during your fantasy playoffs.

    • Luke 5:19 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, which two WRs should I start this week from Fitzgerald, Jennings and Ochocinco? Also should I stick with Antonio Gates over Jermichael Finley? Thanks

      • Luke 5:20 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Its a PPR league

      • Brandon 3:56 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I do like the upside of Jermichael Finley this week, but Gates match-up is too good to pass on. As for your receivers, they’re all playing top 3 worst defenses, but I’d go with Fitzgerald and Jennings, who I think have the most potential.

    • ari 8:28 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which three should I play this week? D.Jackson, S.Rice, A.Boldin or Jennings? Would love to play Jennings so I can follow him on turkey day, but not at the cost of losing points to one of the other guys…

      • Brandon 3:50 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s tough to sit him, but I think you bench DeSean Jackson this week. He has the toughest match-up by far and the other guys should all put up solid numbers.

    • Dean 11:41 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,

      quick question, Romo or Hasselbeck this week? Thanks, Dean

      • Brandon 3:48 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Matt Hasselbeck. I don’t trust Romo this week after the last week’s debacle against Washington. Plus, Hasselbeck has a much better match-up.

    • Mal 4:03 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Might have to go with a waiver WR if megatron is out AGAIN



      • Brandon 3:46 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ugh, not a fan of any of those guys. I guess Malcom Floyd has a solid match-up and might get lucky. Go with him…and good luck!

  • Brandon 10:50 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks: Countdown to Opening Day 

    With opening day rapidly approaching, it’s high time for some more Ask the Geeks. Send us your burning questions here.

    Brian asks: Hey Geeks, I have two flex positions to fill with six choices and am stuck. 12 man league and we get individual return yards keep in mind. Players are Ryan Grant, Santonio Holmes, Felix Jones, Willie Parker, Joseph Addai and X-factor Stefan Logan who is doing punt and kickoff returns for Pitt. Which two do you recommend?

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    • e-roc 2:37 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As always, thanks for the feedback!

      @brandon, at the end of the day, I strayed from Turner because of the 350-carry “curse”… but also because I like MJD’s big-play potential (we get point bonuses for big plays). I almost flipped a coin.

      @matt – Thanks! Let’s hope we both have productive and successful seasons!

      • DBrink 10:44 am on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        the curse is overrated. AP had over 350 carries last season as well (363)…yet no one has a problem with that. i think turner is going to carry the ball less this year, but be as productive. especially with the maturation of Ryan and the addition of T.Gonz, defenses won’t be able to stack the box.

        • Squish 6:49 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In fact the the curse of 370 refers to the total carries on the year with the postseason included. On doing the math, it becomes clear that AP is just as far into curse territory as Turner and has had near as heavy a load for 3 years straight. If the curse will affect anyone this year, it will almost definitely be AP.

  • Brandon 2:50 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Tampa Bay running back Derrick Ward seems to think the team will be using a 2-2-1 rotation in the backfield this season. This means he would get two series, then Earnest Graham would get two series, and finally Cadillac Williams would get a series (with random carries throughout the other two players series’.) While Ward says this will keep all of the running backs fresh and that it seemed to work with the Giants last year, it’s probably not the news you wanted to hear if you had already drafted (or planned to draft) any of these guys for your fantasy team. At this point Ward and Graham make for borderline RB2 plays and are probably more suited as bye-week fill-in’s or injury insurance.

  • Brandon 9:42 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Wide Receiver rankings for 2009 

    Here is our wide receiver cheat sheet for this season:

    1. Randy Moss, NE – With Brady back, expect mucho touchdowns again
    2. Andre Johnson, HOU – He’s a reception machine and racks up the yards as well.
    3. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – The age of his quarterback scares me a bit, but Fitz is a monster and would probably produce even with Matt Leinart in the lineup
    4. Calvin Johnson, DET – The team HAS to do better this year and Megatron should see a boost in his stats
    5. Steve Smith, CAR – Injury scare seems to have passed.
    6. Reggie Wayne, IND – Should be one of the more consistent options on this list.
    7. Roddy White, ATL – He got his money over the weekend and immediately made an impact in the first preseason game. Any scare about White missing practices can be erased now.
    8. Greg Jennings, GB – He’ll be Rodgers top target all season long.
    9. Anquan Boldin, ARI – Saying all the right things and claims to be focused on helping the team win…not on getting more money.
    10. Terrell Owens, BUF – DOWNGRADE! As much as I think he would put up great numbers if healthy all year, I’m wondering if he’ll be able to stay on the field, as he’s already missing practices with a “bum toe.”
    11. Dwayne Bowe, KC – After being demoted to third string recently for attitude/weight issues, he had a huge preseason game and there’s no reason to move him down at this point.
    12. Marques Colston, NO – In this high-flying, pass-friendly offense, Colston should see the most passes.
    13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA – UPGRADE! Braylon Edwards and Brandon Marshall just keep making the guys right below them on the list look a whole lot more appealing!
    14. Chad Ochocinco, CIN – UPGRADE! He’s healthy this year and Housh is gone. I’m optimistic he can make the best out of the situation. Apparently he can even kick extra points!
    15. Wes Welker, NE – Last time Brady was at QB, Welker was a Pro Bowler with eight TD’s and almost 1,200 yards.
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    • Matt 10:40 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lee Evans is going to surprise the hell out of you. He’s in his prime and finally has a complementary receiver to keep teams from doubling him on every play.

    • Brandon 10:53 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @matt: it’s not Lee Evans I’m worried about…it’s Trent Edwards. The guy averaged under 200 yards passing per game and less than one touchdown. He has to prove he can throw the ball to make me believe that both T.O. and Evans can put up stats this season.

    • Matt 8:36 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon: Hard to rack up the yardage when your receiving corps is the laughingstock of the NFL. Check out their receiving stats from last season. Lee Evans at #1, Josh Reed at #2, no surprise there, but then the next three top receivers are two RBs and a TE. The third-best WR had 232 receiving yards. The much-ballyhooed rookie wideout Josh Hardy had 9 total receptions.

      This is why I can’t help but like the TO move, despite how much I loathe him as a personality. If there was ever a team that was held back by a lack of quality WRs, the Bills were it last year.

    • chris 12:39 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t figure out how to reply to the vick to washington comments.

      • Matt 2:30 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All fixed, Chris. Threaded comments are live.

    • Brian 8:50 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding T.O., let’s not forget that his first two teams after SF were the Eagles and the Cowboys. Two well-developed passing offenses with great quarterbacks. I just don’t see that same situation in Buffalo.

    • Bienio 2:17 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I definitely think Fitz will be #1 and Roddy White will be top 5. Count it!

    • Jeff 10:15 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You have Desean Jackson at 20 and 33! Which is it?

      • Brandon 11:57 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I had that a few days ago, was a copy/paste error…I fixed it though, maybe you need to refresh the page or something.

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